Oh man, I am so late! I mean, you might not notice it, but I’m looking at the clock realizing that usually my post is written, proof read and scheduled by now, as it normally goes ‘live’ exactly one hour from now.

One hour, people! Can I do it? Can I whip up enough random to quell your random appetite? Maybe, but forgive me if I seem a bit scatterbrained this go ’round, since we are screaming towards to finish line of school’s year end.

Of course some of you have your munchkins finishing this week – bless your hearts! Of course you guys have to start school sometime in August, when it’s blazing hot out, so you of course get to finish early. We don’t start until after Labor Day, so we stretch out the summer on the other end instead.

If you haven’t read The Today Show’s posting of a funny article (that was originally posted by Jen Hatmaker on her blog three years ago – but it’s absolutely timeless) “Worst End of School Year Mom Ever“, when you’re done here you’ll have to go read it. Because that’s where I am exactly at this time of year. One thousand percent!

Especially when Little Dude comes home and his shoes look like this:


Dude! Couldn’t you leave your shoes alone for one more month?! He has a propensity for distracting himself and shredding things – shoes are not on his “Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this” radar, in spite of being told to not do it at all. Many times.

Referring back to that ‘end of the year bad mom’ mode, I’m having him continue to wear them. He has brand new shoes in the queue (which are bigger for him to grow into for next year) but I really really don’t want to bring those out at this late date and risk having them trashed in the next four weeks. Might slap some duct tape on these and call it a day. For the next four weeks.

Luckily he’s scheduled for another Child Psychiatrist visit the day before the last day of school, so we can finally take steps (and find what works best for him by way of medication or alternate options – we’ll have the summer to test things out before school starts back up in the fall).

The boy is certainly a challenge – with a diagnosis of ADHD, ODD, Anxiety and Sleep issues, it’s a wonder I haven’t locked myself in a rubber room yet. With wine. The poor kid had such a rough start during the formative years with his drug dealing bio-mom and all the riffraff he was exposed to, it’s a wonder he hasn’t had worse behavior than he’s exhibited thus far.

We want to make sure he breaks free from that rough start so he can grow up healthy, happy and ultimately an amazing adult – there’s definitely a long road ahead. I better get more wine.

Speaking of crazy… Did you hear about that person who had to be taken to the hospital last week with a small shark attached to her arm?! No lie!

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A small nurse shark appeared to bite more than it could handle after sinking its teeth into a Florida beachgoer’s arm. The 23-year-old woman was transported to a Boca Raton hospital with the 2-foot-long shark still clamped onto her arm.

Nurse sharks typically aren’t aggressive and usually only bite humans when provoked, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. If disturbed, they can bite with a powerful vice-like grip capable of inflicting serious injury – in some cases (like this one) surgical instruments are needed to separate the shark from what it bit.

They typically feed on crustaceans, mollusks and stingrays, so it’s highly unusual for them to clamp onto someone’s arm like that. Witnesses said she and her boyfriend seemed to be messing with the shark in the water, so in my opinion she was asking for it. Poor shark died, though – and didn’t let go of the death grip even then, hence the trip to the hospital for removal.

No brain, no headache!!

Speaking of brains… I saw this idea on the interwebs last week and thought “Genius!”:


If I ever finally give in to Princess Nagger’s begging and cajoling for a trampoline, I’m totally going to do that. Long hair and trampoline springs are a deadly (and painful) combination. Not that I’ve had first hand experience with tangling in springs, mind you. Ahem.

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!

This week’s prompt or question is:

“Congrats – you’re the new Ask Abby!!! What’s the first letter you choose to answer? (write the letter and your answer.)”

Oh man! My brain is too tired to think of something clever! So I’m going to pass the torch and let you write and answer – feel free to do so in the comments, and I’ll post them next week. Yeah, that’s the ticket – you can write my post for me next week by doing that! Mad genius! Kidding, but I do love to read stuff like that, so I’ll be enjoying the other participant’s creative minds instead.

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  1. My kids’ last day of school was today. I like the way your school system works; is better than ours. I don’t like that kids have to go in August, in the dead of the heat.
    I’m not taking sides, but I bet that shark is the innocent one in the situation.

  2. Elliot put a hole in his shoes about a month ago – he had a small hole and he made it larger with a pencil – and I told him he couldn’t get new shoes until the end of the year. Unfortunately, my mom felt bad enough she bought him a new pair. Ugh!

  3. While Turbo doesn’t shred his shoes, I am letting him limp along in rather worn out ones til school ends. I expect he will need larger shoes for school next fall and will live in flip flops and keen sandals for the summer, so didn’t see the need for new shoes right now. He has keen trail shoes that fit, but hasn’t worn them to school much, preferring his running shoes. They are nearly tractionless and definitely ready to toss, but will last the week at least.
    I feel for you with the distraction problems. Turbo was never that bad, but he did create paper clip people, take legos, find play dough or putty to fiddle with during class. He has been getting better as he gets older.

  4. I saw the post on the shoes and laughed! I have been there only the shoes were lost.at.school. My duaghter came home in someone else’s shoes that they had in the lost and found and hers were never found again. We had to go buy shoes for the last two weeks of school. Living in Texas at the time made it easy because it was already hot and sandals worked well!

  5. It’s hard enough to keep shoes on a kid without this happening. lol I hope he’s able to find something less destructive to do when he’s bored or distracted. Maybe his doctor will provide answers and/or medical help to ease his symptoms. Wow, I did not hear about the shark attack. You will not find me in the ocean. I know there are things that bite in the water AND I’m certainly not going to bother any of those biting critters no matter how small or harmless they might look. I know how to use the brain God gave me. Have a good evening!

    1. It really is hard to keep shoes on a kid without the destruction happening – especially when it’s a Destructo Boy! LOL!! Princess Nagger doesn’t destroy hers – she just loses them. 😉 I’m looking forward to moving forward with finding out the best way to help Little Dude with his issues so he can thrive even more than he has. 😉 Bet your brain would tell you NOT to mess with sharks, no matter how small they are, right? Mine, too! 😀

  6. All my kids shoes look like that by year end. Sometimes Christmas. I have no idea what they do to them. I’ve had the same running shoes for 6 years and they look brand new. Although, I only wear them indoors… but still… the heck kids?

    That poor shark! Lost it’s life so they could satisfy their curiosity. Such a shame.

    We have another month before school end.. but then we are not back until first week of September either, so it’s a nice summer break. And it’s finally getting hot up here. I actually put my mittens away this week! ha.

    1. Whew! Good to know I’m not alone in the trashed shoes department by school year’s end! LOL! Kids are hard on stuff, especially boys! 😀

      I know, right?! Such a shame that poor shark had to lose its life just so people could satisfy their curiosity. Bet they never try to mess with another again (hopefully)!

      Is it warming up even more, now? We had a heat wave this weekend! Now I wish I’d put the pool up already…gonna have to get on that. We ended up having a mild winter, so no mittens were needed (but I did have them available, just in case!) 🙂

  7. I like the way your school system works, is better than ours. I don’t like that kids have to go in August, in the dead of the heat.

    1. I agree – I always dreaded the start of school in the heat of August when we lived in Pennsylvania – so much better here, both weather-wise and school year-wise! Though I would prefer if they got out earlier in June, but it’s a trade-off. 😉

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